Xcel Energy is offering customers in Minnesota and Colorado a free Ecobee3 Lite theromstat with free installation.
Details of the program can be found at Ecobee's website [ecobee.com]
or at Xcel's website [xcelenergy.com]
The Xcel enrollment website is confusing and most customer service reps have no information on the program if you call or email. When I accessed the enrollment website, I chose "Buy a discounted thermostat," setup an account (this is different that your regular Xcel account), then requested professional installation. The website told me that I would be contacted in a few days, but did not mention the free thermostat or free install. I called Xcel and eventually learned that I was receiving the free thermostat and install and that I would be contacted by the installer.
One incompetent Xcel rep told me via email that the program had ended 12/31/16, while another rep on the Energy Expert Team told me via email that the program was ongoing but gave no useful information on how to actually enroll. If you choose to call, I suggest asking to speak to the Energy Expert Team if the general rep has no information.
If you are enrolled in Saver Switch, that enrollment will be discontinued and you will receive an $25 annual bill credit in October. If you save more than $25 with Saver Switch, it appears that you could discontinue the AC Rewards program after one year and re-enroll in Saver Switch?
To request an installation, visit our enrollment portal here [xcelenergy.com]
You will be asked to set up a password for your participation in the program. You will also need your Xcel Energy account number and the email address or phone number associated with your account.
Please make sure you have central AC, a Wi-Fi network (and the password) in your home prior to signing up.
Upon installation, the ecobee3 Lite must be enrolled in the AC Rewards program. The installer will guide you through your enrollment in program.
Beyond the thermostat and the installation you will not receive any enrollment incentives. However, you will receive the annual $25 participant credit on your October bill.
Quantities are limited and not guaranteed.
Important program rules apply. Please see the Terms & Conditions for full details.
To qualify, you must be a Minnesota or Colorado Xcel Energy residential electric customer with central air conditioning and have, or install, an eligible smart thermostat listed above. You will need an internet-connected wireless network (Wi-Fi). Customers who live in apartments or condominiums are not eligible.